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  • Join us Tuesday for the last live Office 15-Minute Webinar: 4 Office game changers

    Office Blogs
    Doug Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    For our last webinar, we take a personal view of Office. I’ve been inside the Office Content team for seven years and learned a ton about the programs. For me, here are four skills you can pick up relatively quickly that have a great impact on how you create content and get things done faster with Office. Join us for our last live Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds). Register and attend https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=6h97p97y…
  • Microsoft debuts a new header for your online apps

    LiveSide.net
    Kip Kniskern
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Microsoft’s online apps are sporting a bit of a new look today with a new app switcher for Office Online and the Outlook.com Mail, People, Calendar, and OneDrive apps. The new switcher resides in the upper left corner of the online headers, providing a consistent and convenient place for app switching while taking up far less real estate than in previous versions. The familiar square tiles are still in evidence once you open the switcher, but they’re confined to a small box, in two rows, instead of lined up across the header: Once you’ve opened a document in Office Online,…
  • Office 365 news round-up

    Office Blogs
    Jake Zborowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.
  • Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage - Pricing And Features

    Microsoft - Bing News
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Microsoft rebranded SkyDrive as OneDrive earlier this year, and continues as a service primarily centered around Microsoft Office documents. While any file can be stored and shared in OneDrive, the greatest benefit is gained when saving, viewing and ...
  • Announcing the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for Internet Explorer 11

    IEBlog
    ieblog
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Today, we’re announcing a new capability in Internet Explorer 11 that allows IT Pros to discover which of their Enterprise line of business applications are truly critical and used by their users. Together with Enterprise Mode IE, this toolkit helps simplify Enterprise upgrades. Download the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for IE11 today and learn more about it on Technet. Upgrading to the latest version of Windows typically requires Enterprises to do full line of business app compatibility testing with the latest version of Internet Explorer. What makes this a difficult task for most…
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    Office Blogs

  • Office 365 news round-up

    Jake Zborowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.
  • Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Mail Flow for hybrid cloud environment

    Office 365 Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this video, learn about the components of hybrid Mail Flow, the connector differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 hybrid Mail Flow, header differences between centralized and decentralized transport, and typical issues that adversely affect hybrid Mail Flow. Presenter: Vincent Yim is a senior premier field engineer who specializes in Exchange deployments, Exchange Online migrations and Office365 identity. His primary activities includes consulting, training delivery and content writing. Office 365 support corner webcasts are a critical program to troubleshoot support issues and…
  • Calling the ballgames from OneNote with professional announcers Joe Block & Scott Franzke

    OneNote Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The World Series is in full swing and it yields a month filled with memorable home runs, strikeouts and game-winning hits. The soundtrack of these moments stays with you forever because of the announcers who call the games. But this is not a job for the shy or unorganized person. Calling plays in a three-plus hour baseball game with hundreds of players throughout a 162-game season requires both knowledge and know-how. Joe Block, professional baseball announcer in Milwaukee, uses OneNote on all his devices to keep track of player stats, game stories and even to keep score, bringing the game…
  • Join us Tuesday for the last live Office 15-Minute Webinar: 4 Office game changers

    Doug Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    For our last webinar, we take a personal view of Office. I’ve been inside the Office Content team for seven years and learned a ton about the programs. For me, here are four skills you can pick up relatively quickly that have a great impact on how you create content and get things done faster with Office. Join us for our last live Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds). Register and attend https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=6h97p97y…
  • Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World Championships for Excel power users

    Excel Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    ModelOff, the Financial Modeling World Championships, is a fun and educational international competition for students and professionals who use Microsoft Excel. This year, Microsoft continues the tradition of sponsoring this exciting event. The contest starts Saturday October 25th, with online rounds making the competition accessible to anyone around the world. The event then culminates with a face-off between the 16 top finalists as they compete for the title of World Champion at new Microsoft Times Square offices. In addition to being known as an Excel rock star, there is over $100,000 of…
 
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    IEBlog

  • Announcing the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for Internet Explorer 11

    ieblog
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Today, we’re announcing a new capability in Internet Explorer 11 that allows IT Pros to discover which of their Enterprise line of business applications are truly critical and used by their users. Together with Enterprise Mode IE, this toolkit helps simplify Enterprise upgrades. Download the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for IE11 today and learn more about it on Technet. Upgrading to the latest version of Windows typically requires Enterprises to do full line of business app compatibility testing with the latest version of Internet Explorer. What makes this a difficult task for most…
  • Introducing the IE Platform Suggestion Box on UserVoice

    ieblog
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    On October 1st, we launched the Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box (http://uservoice.modern.ie) on the UserVoice platform. Since then, it has been great to see the feedback flowing in as everyone adds their voice in support of their most wanted Web platform features in IE. This post provides some background on our decision to launch a UserVoice site and describes how we expect to use the site going forward. Why UserVoice? In April, we made a commitment to build a better two-way conversation with the Web development community. Since then, we have followed that with up with a public…
  • October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

    ieblog
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin. Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8, Windows…
  • Announcing key advances to JavaScript performance in Windows 10 Technical Preview

    ieblog
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Windows 10 Technical Preview brings key advances to Chakra, the JavaScript engine that powers Internet Explorer and store based Web apps across a whole range of Windows devices – phones, tablets, 2-in-1’s, PC’s and Xbox. As with all previous releases of Chakra in IE9, IE10 and IE11, this release is a significant step forward to create a JavaScript engine that is highly interoperable, spec compliant, secure and delivers great performance. Chakra now has a highly streamlined execution pipeline to deliver faster startup, supports various new and augmented optimizations in…
  • HTTP/2: The Long-Awaited Sequel

    ieblog
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Ready to speed things up? Here at Microsoft, we’re rolling out support in Internet Explorer for the first significant rework of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol since 1999. It’s been a while, so it’s due. While there have been lot of efforts to streamline Web architecture over the years, none have been on the scale of HTTP/2. We’ve been working hard to help develop this new, efficient and compatible standard as part of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group. It’s called, for obvious reasons, HTTP/2 – and it’s available now, built into the new Internet Explorer starting with the Windows…
 
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    Bing Blog

  • Quick! We’ve Doubled our Webmaster Sign-Up Credit!

    Vincent Wehren
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For a limited time, we’re opening up our wallets to new webmasters: receive $100* in advertising credit for verifying your site with Bing Webmaster Tools + opening a new Bing Ads account. Two weeks ago I told you how to get $100* in free advertising credit by becoming a new Bing Ads user if you had a Bing Webmaster Tools account. As it turned out, many of you seized this opportunity to claim your ad credit, just in time for the holiday season. And for those of you who didn’t act yet: simply log into your webmaster tools account today and click the red banner at the bottom of your…
  • Be smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

    Ricky Brundritt
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bing Maps is the most widely used map control inside of Windows Store apps. Many simple apps consist of a single page user experience while many other consist of multiple pages. Many developers like to use Bing Maps throughout their application, but have found that this results in the map control constantly being loaded/disposed as the user navigates between pages. This doesn’t make for the best user experience, as there is a slight delay due to the loading of the map. One method to create a smoother user experience is to use a single instance of the map control throughout the app. This way…
  • Back to School Crews Bring Digital Literacy to Life

    tedroduner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    The modern day classroom has no boundaries. Today’s students have global access to information, rich media tools, and transformative experiences via the web. The digital age has put personal discovery in the hands of students, and the power to enrich and transform even the most pedestrian of topics in the hands of teachers. At Bing, we know how the digital world can bring things to life. We know how panoramas in the MSN Travel App can let a student explore the Coliseum right from his or her desk. We know how Bing Maps App Preview can virtually fill in the streets of a 3D Digital Munich,…
  • Bing and IE Team with CNN for Elections 2014

    tedroduner
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week we introduced Bing Elections, a dedicated search experience aimed at arming voters with all the information they need to make informed decisions about Elections 2014.  Bing.com/elections brings together the latest news from the right, left and center perspectives, up-to-date predictions across governor and national congressional races as well as political trivia and the location of the nearest polling place in your area. Bing Pulse Goes Live with New My CNN Magic Wall Experience We’re excited to announce that Bing Pulse will now be included as part of CNN’s broadcast coverage…
  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
 
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    Bing Blog

  • Quick! We’ve Doubled our Webmaster Sign-Up Credit!

    Vincent Wehren
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For a limited time, we’re opening up our wallets to new webmasters: receive $100* in advertising credit for verifying your site with Bing Webmaster Tools + opening a new Bing Ads account. Two weeks ago I told you how to get $100* in free advertising credit by becoming a new Bing Ads user if you had a Bing Webmaster Tools account. As it turned out, many of you seized this opportunity to claim your ad credit, just in time for the holiday season. And for those of you who didn’t act yet: simply log into your webmaster tools account today and click the red banner at the bottom of your…
  • Be smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

    Ricky Brundritt
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bing Maps is the most widely used map control inside of Windows Store apps. Many simple apps consist of a single page user experience while many other consist of multiple pages. Many developers like to use Bing Maps throughout their application, but have found that this results in the map control constantly being loaded/disposed as the user navigates between pages. This doesn’t make for the best user experience, as there is a slight delay due to the loading of the map. One method to create a smoother user experience is to use a single instance of the map control throughout the app. This way…
  • Back to School Crews Bring Digital Literacy to Life

    tedroduner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    The modern day classroom has no boundaries. Today’s students have global access to information, rich media tools, and transformative experiences via the web. The digital age has put personal discovery in the hands of students, and the power to enrich and transform even the most pedestrian of topics in the hands of teachers. At Bing, we know how the digital world can bring things to life. We know how panoramas in the MSN Travel App can let a student explore the Coliseum right from his or her desk. We know how Bing Maps App Preview can virtually fill in the streets of a 3D Digital Munich,…
  • Bing and IE Team with CNN for Elections 2014

    tedroduner
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week we introduced Bing Elections, a dedicated search experience aimed at arming voters with all the information they need to make informed decisions about Elections 2014.  Bing.com/elections brings together the latest news from the right, left and center perspectives, up-to-date predictions across governor and national congressional races as well as political trivia and the location of the nearest polling place in your area. Bing Pulse Goes Live with New My CNN Magic Wall Experience We’re excited to announce that Bing Pulse will now be included as part of CNN’s broadcast coverage…
  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
 
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    The Seattle Times: Microsoft Pri0

  • Microsoft beats Wall Street estimates in first quarter earnings

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    [This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 24, 2014.] Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for its fiscal first-quarter earnings with a combination of solid strength among its corporate customers, a fast-growing cloud business, and surprising progress in the consumer-hardware market. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Microsoft on Thursday reported revenue of $23.2 billion, profit of $4.54 billion and earnings per share of 54 cents. Wall Street was expecting revenue of $22 billion, a profit of $4.34 billion and earnings per share of 49 cents, according to a…
  • Microsoft employees helped raise $112M for nonprofits last fiscal year; total company giving topped $1B | Pri0

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Microsoft employees, with the help of the company match program, donated $112.2  million to 18,832 nonprofits worldwide in fiscal year 2014. That's up from $100.9 million in fiscal 2013 and $99.4 million in fiscal 2012, according to the company's 2014 Citizenship Report, which was released this week. In addition, the company's total annual giving was $1.1 billion, exceeding the $1 billion mark for the first time. That includes cash donations of $119 million and donations of software and hardware worth $948.6 million to some 86,000 nonprofits worldwide. Those in-kind donations included $55…
  • Microsoft and IBM to provide their enterprise software on each other's clouds

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Microsoft and IBM announced Wednesday that they're working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. According to a news release from the companies, the partnership means: * IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. * Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. * IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform. * To support hybrid cloud deployments, IBM will expand support of its…
  • Microsoft reports fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings Thursday

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Microsoft is expected to report its fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings Thursday. Wall Street is expecting earnings per share of 49 cents, sales of $22 billion and net income of $4.34 billion, according to a consensus estimate of analysts from Bloomberg. In the year-ago quarter, Microsoft reported earnings per share of 62 cents, sales of $18.53 billion and profit of $5.24 billion. The quarter, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30, covers the first waves of layoffs in which Microsoft is seeking to eliminate 18,000 jobs by July 2015. Microsoft has already eliminated about 15,000 of the jobs so…
  • Microsoft's Garage becomes an incubator of consumer apps

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    For five years now, The Garage has served as Microsoft's incubator for employees' passion projects, an internal community of engineers, designers, hardware tinkerers and others from all different parts of the company who work on their own or with others on pet projects, some of which could potentially benefit the company. Now, The Garage is being extended to also become a portal for customers to get "incubation" apps -- lightweight, consumer-oriented, single-scenario apps that have been conceived of and brought to market quickly -- into the hands of customers who can provide feedback,…
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    ZDNet | The Ed Bott Report Blog RSS

  • How big does a tech product have to be before we take it seriously?

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, it's easy to dismiss small but influential players that sell mere millions.
  • Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    [Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been fielding questions from readers about the new release. Why is it called Windows 10? Does it really contain a keylogger? What happened to Internet Explorer? And where are the updates?
  • Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks.
  • What's in the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview update (build 9860)?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Three weeks after releasing a Technical Preview of Windows 10 to the general public, Microsoft has made good on its promise to deliver updates quickly. Today's release includes a modest assortment of new features, many of them already familiar to Windows Phone users. Here's what you'll find inside.
  • Dropbox sync glitch results in lost data for some subscribers

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The popular online file storage service has told some users that files were inadvertently deleted from their online accounts and all synced devices because of an apparent coding error in its Selective Sync app.
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    LiveSide.net

  • Microsoft debuts a new header for your online apps

    Kip Kniskern
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Microsoft’s online apps are sporting a bit of a new look today with a new app switcher for Office Online and the Outlook.com Mail, People, Calendar, and OneDrive apps. The new switcher resides in the upper left corner of the online headers, providing a consistent and convenient place for app switching while taking up far less real estate than in previous versions. The familiar square tiles are still in evidence once you open the switcher, but they’re confined to a small box, in two rows, instead of lined up across the header: Once you’ve opened a document in Office Online,…
  • Windows Insiders get first Windows 10 Tech Preview update: Build 9860

    Kip Kniskern
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Less than a month (three weeks, actually) after Windows 10 Tech Preview was first made available to “Windows Insiders” (read: anyone who signed up, over a million at last count), Microsoft today released a new build of the Tech Preview, Build 9860. According to a post on the Window Blog, the new build contains a few regressions, but also some new “fun stuff”, including an early look at the new Action Center (think Notification Center from your Windows Phone, on Windows!), a new animation for switching between desktops, and an easy way to move apps from one monitor to…
  • Build 2015 dates announced: April 29-May 1

    Kip Kniskern
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    At last month’s unveiling of Windows 10 at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO mentioned that we’d be hearing more about the latest version of Windows at the next Build, in April. Now, today, Microsoft has announced a few more specifics about its developer focused conference. Build 2015 will be held, as it was last year, at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, with this year’s dates set for April 29 – May 1st. Registration isn’t open yet, but you can follow @Bldwin on Twitter or join a mailing list via the Build Windows website.
  • Skype relaunches video service Qik as “Skype Qik”

    Kip Kniskern
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Skype acquired the upstart video streaming service Qik in January 2011, reportedly for $100 million, where it survived for three years before being retired in April 2014. Now, the service, or at least the name, has been reborn as Skype Qik, according to a posting on the Skype Big Blog. There may not be much left of the original app except the name, the blog suggests: A small team of Skype designers and developers recently took up the challenge to build a new app to run alongside Skype and provide an ongoing form of video chat. They knew they had to create something mobile and lightweight, as…
  • Is Windows 10 your daily driver?

    Kip Kniskern
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    It’s been almost two weeks since Windows 10 was made available for download as a Technical Preview, and according to a new post on Blogging Windows, more than a million early adopters have already joined the Windows Insider program and downloaded the latest version of Windows to be. The post goes on to reveal that 64% of those installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to running Windows 10 within a virtual machine. Microsoft is receiving lots of feedback from the Insiders, some 200,000 pieces of “UIF” (user initiated feedback), further evidence that users are not only trying…
 
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    Microsoft News

  • Microsoft co-founder to donate $100 mn to fight Ebola

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    New York, Oct 25 US billionaire Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, will donate $100 million to the fight against the Ebola virus, the daily New York Times said. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, said in an interview with the newspaper Friday that he decided to announce the donation because he feels called to do something about the deadly epidemic that broke out in West Africa.
  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Updates: No More Xbox Free Music Service ...

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Microsoft Corporation has decided to focus on its subscription plan alone for the Xbox music service. Microsoft has planned to kill its free Xbox music service on December 1. A ' Cnet ' article explained in detail about this decision by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft battles Google Now with Bing Torque for Android Wear

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Embarrassed saying 'Ok Google' out in public? Computer giant Microsoft , of all companies, wants to help you with the launch of Torque powered by their own Bing search engine. One of three projects initally launched under Microsoft Garage, their own version of Google's 20% program devoted to employees developing projects that greatly interest them, Torque brings a rather different approach to the voice search function by incorporating gestures to the smartwatch.
  • Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management , the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs - all through a single pane of glass.
  • Microsoft Zero Day OLE Vuln Being Exploited In Powerpoint

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    So the latest news is, don't open any .ppt files if you aren't entirely sure where they came from as there is a Microsoft Zero Day vulnerability in OLE handling in Microsoft Office that is currently being exploited in the wild by malicious Powerpoint slide decks. Not that anyone reading this would be likely to do that, but yah - just so you know this vector is live and being used out there.
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    iThinkDifferent

  • The Curious Case Of Microsoft’s Ever Changing Brand Names

    Imran Hussain
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Whether you are a Microsoft fan or not, you can not deny that they are one of the top companies in the tech industry that has changed the landscape of computing through decades of innovation. Although difficult to believe, yours truly, is one of the long term Microsoft fans who have kept an eye on(...)
  • Likes App Lets You Download Your Favorite Instagram Photos and Videos on iPhone

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Likes app for iPhone allows users to download their favorite Instagram photos and videos directly to their iPhones, via a pretty graphical user interface.  Instagram is one of the hottest photo and video sharing social network nowadays but it does not allow users to download any content, even if it is their own. Likes makes(...)
  • Google Introduces Free Voice Calls From Hangouts on Android, iOS and the Web

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Google has finally begin migrating Google Voice to Hangouts by introducing free (and paid) voice calls on Android, iOS and the web. Google already had the calling feature available on their old Google talk interface but this feature took ages to appear in the new Hangouts apps and interface. The new calling feature in Hangouts(...)
  • iOS 8 Final Version Released To Developers. Install Now On Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Apple has released iOS 8 final version to developers, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS 8 improves on iOS 7 by polishing the user interface and bringing much needed performance and feature improvements. Some of the major features in iOS 8 include feature additions to Messages, a new Health and Fitness App, improved QuickType(...)
  • WhatsApp For iPhone Gets A Major Update with Improved Media Sharing and More

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    WhatsApp has gotten one of its biggest updates recently with improvements to media sharing, editing and much more. Even though it’s a minor version upgrade, there are a number of features included.  Facebook had bought WhatsApp back in February 19, 2014 but has not yet integrated it in anyway with its popular social network or(...)
 
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    Webmaster Blog

  • Quick! We’ve Doubled our Webmaster Sign-Up Credit!

    Vincent Wehren
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For a limited time, we’re opening up our wallets to new webmasters: receive $100* in advertising credit for verifying your site with Bing Webmaster Tools + opening a new Bing Ads account. Two weeks ago I told you how to get $100* in free advertising credit by becoming a new Bing Ads user if you had a Bing Webmaster Tools account. As it turned out, many of you seized this opportunity to claim your ad credit, just in time for the holiday season. And for those of you who didn’t act yet: simply log into your webmaster tools account today and click the red banner at the bottom of your…
  • Building Authority & Setting Expectations

    Duane Forrester
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Authority is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere”. For our purposes, we also understand that “authority” conveys a sense of trust and influence. Searchers generally want authoritative sources to engage with. They want to be able to trust the sources they visit. Naturally, this means being an authority ranks pretty high on the “must do” lists for most businesses. But becoming an authority, as noteworthy a goal as it is, isn’t an easy task. Some folks simply start…
  • Not a Bing Ads User? Get $100 in Ad Credit to Become One!

    Vincent Wehren
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Since our June 2012 re-launch of Bing Webmaster Tools, many webmasters, site owners, and search marketers like yourself have joined our program and use the tools to stay up-to-date on how their web site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search results. Millions of content publisher share their Sitemaps, Parameters to Ignore, and Crawl Preferences with us, allowing their websites to shine on Bing.com, Yahoo!, and other places powered by Bing — as all of these things help us to more successfully connect their content to searchers worldwide. As such, Bing Webmaster Tools is certainly an…
  • MGC Spam Filtering

    igorrondel
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    In today’s edition of the Bing Index Quality blog we will delve into one particular spamming technique – MGC (short for ‘machine generated content’.) We will discuss what it is, why & how spammers employ it and introduce a specific update we shipped a few months ago aimed at detecting and filtering out pages utilizing this technique. What is MGC and why/ how spammers employ it? As we mentioned in the Web Spam Filtering overview blog from August 27, an important element of a spammer’s arsenal is the ability to mass-produce pages at little cost to the spammer. This is an essential…
  • Blame The Meta Keyword Tag

    Duane Forrester
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I blame the meta keywords tag.  That little so-and-so started all this.  Well, the “tag” and a few crafty humans, really. The idea was pretty simple. If the keyword appeared in the meta keywords tag, the page was relevant to the topic. And, on the surface, this was a solid idea. Something useful to the systems, yet invisible to the average person. Alas, with a simple right-click, the beginnings of modern day search optimization was born. “What if I added more words? What if I repeated the word or phrase?” And so began the quest to modify pages to satisfy a search algorithm. In truth…
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    The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

  • Remember Your NDA

    MVP Award Program
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
      Editor's note:  The following post was written by MVP Award Program Manager Kerry Herger It’s almost November and we’re now just days away from the start of the 2014 MVP Global Summit!  In a very short time over 1600 MVPs from around the globe will gather on the Microsoft campus to participate in over 500 technical sessions with hundreds of members of Microsoft product teams. The sheer number of participants—and the amount of content shared—makes this the largest community event in the world. But that’s only part of what sets this annual…
  • PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure

    MVP Award Program
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Editor’s note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from Lync MVP Desmond Lee which is the 45th in the series.  PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure PowerShell is the window to managing many aspects of a Lync Server 201x environment. Coupled with the deployment of the Monitoring Server service (or separate role in 2010), extensive data can be collected to support operational and troubleshooting demands. By installing the optional Monitoring Reports on selected SQL Server…
  • New at Summit - Accessibility Side Sessions

    MVP Award Program
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Want to dive deep into how Microsoft is innovating in design empathy and accessibility?  Perhaps you want to learn how we are transforming the accessibility experience in Office. At the 2014 MVP Global Summit, accessibility will make its first appearance with session presenter and Microsoft Accessibility GM Rob Sinclair. Rob and his team are dedicated to empowering people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their devices, software, and content. He is working on a new generation of technologies that automatically adapt to a person’s individual needs, preferences,…
  • Visualizing Your SharePoint Farm with PowerShell

    MVP Award Program
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The following post was written PowerShell MVP Nik Charlebois Introduction How often have you wished that you could easily press a button and get an exact picture of all the servers in your SharePoint farm? I know this came up a few time in my career as a SharePoint administrator. Today is the day where I make all your dreams come true! Together, we will learn how to develop a very simple PowerShell script that will allow you to easily scan your entire SharePoint environment and extract relevant information about the various components running on them and the resources they have…
  • Package Management for PowerShell Modules with PowerShellGet

    MVP Award Program
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    The following post was written PowerShell MVP Kirk Munro Windows PowerShell has developed a great reputation for itself, not only from the capabilities of the product, but from the strength of the community that has grown around the product.  As a PowerShell MVP and long-time member of that community, one of my favorite ways to give back to that community is to share the results of my PowerShell work with them in a format that they can use in their own environment.  For me, the format of choice for that is PowerShell modules, but up until recently there hasn’t been a…
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    Winspark Network

  • The Top 15 IT Exam Resources: Why Choose Them?

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The choice of IT exam resources one makes has great implications. If one chooses dubious resources, they end up achieving mediocre results – or simply flunking the exams. If one chooses good resources, they end up enjoying success, and the perks that come with it. From a rational point of view, you need to have cogent reasons for choosing a particular IT exam resource. Such reasons are not always easy to point out consciously, but they are nonetheless important. You shouldn’t just choose the first IT exam resource you come across. Rather, you should compare the available resources…
  • How to Install XEN Virtualizor on CentOS 6

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    14 Nov 2013 | 8:37 pm
    Here in this article I will guide you through the process of installation of XEN Virtualizor on CentOS 6. Virtualizor is the ONLY VPS control panel which is supporting XEN 4.1 virtualization technique and i personally feel it’s the way better than other control panel available in the market. Requirements for installing XEN Virtualizor: CentOS 5.x /6.x or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x or Scientific Linux 5.x or Ubuntu 12.04 (x86 or x86_64) Yum If you want full virtualization then your CPU must support the Hardware Virtualization Logical Volume Group (LVG) – with NO LVMs and enough Space…
  • Complete Facts regarding SEO [Infographic]

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    5 Feb 2013 | 8:32 am
    Search Engine optimization – SEO – seems like alchemy to the uninitiated. But there’s a science to it. SEO is not just thing to do, its the task you must perform. The common 3 methods of SEO is White Hat, Black Hat and Gray Hat. The tasks in each the category defines the categories as White Hat SEO is pure and legal where as Black Hat SEO is not acceptable by search engines if you get caught. Tthe major role of SEO to drive unwanted internet surfers to drive across your website and make them profitable users. It also helps to improve your ranking. If ranking…
  • Faster way to book your IRCTC Tatkal Tickets through Proxy Servers

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    4 Feb 2013 | 6:20 am
    I bet, none of the other servers in the whole internet will be this much slow as IRCTC’s website at the peak timing. Indian government should award the person who successfully able to book tatkal tickets from IRCTC website within the time frame of 10AM to 11AM. Its too much of hassle for Indians to book tatkal tickets online as they end up with Internal server error or connection timeout errors. I will suggest you some tips to improve the speed to book your next tatkal ticket from IRCTC. First of all lets talk why IRCTC sleeps at peak time : Service from Indian Government. low…
  • The History of Microsoft and Bill Gates [Timeline]

    Rahul Vijay Manekari
    3 Feb 2013 | 4:10 am
    Love him or hate him, Bill Gates has been a venerable world-wide business icon for more than three decades, ever since the first mass-produced personal computer debuted in 1981. Gates has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men – as well as one of the most controversial founders and CEOs in history – and businesspeople of all stripes have taken their cues from him, using his words and business strategies to help create and grow their own companies. After he left running the day-to-day operations f Microsoft in 2008 to devote himself full time to the…
 
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    DHA Today

  • DHA City Karachi (DCK) Latest Plot Prices – October 2014

    DHA Today
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Review: September 2014 was too dull and nothing new happened in DCK. At the start of October, there was Eid-ul-Azha and people were busy in this too. The main reason behind this is that there no news in the market for DCK, even there was rumors for new Balloting in DCK, and many buyers are waiting for that […]
  • Lt Gen Zamir-ul-Hassan Shah (Adjutant General) Visited DHA City Karachi (DCK) – October 2014

    DHA Today
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Adjutant General, Lt Gen Zamir-ul-Hassan Shah visited DHA City Karachi (DCK) project site. DCK is one of the largest and most modern residential project being developed by DHA Karachi. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed briefed the Adjutant General about the salient features of the project and the ongoing infrastructure development work. He highlighted that in […]
  • All Karachi Bilingual Declamation Contest 2014 at Defence Authority SKBZ College

    DHA Today
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Defence Authority Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed (SKBZ) College organized All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest recently. Mr Mohsin Tejani, Director ABL Massachusetts at British Council Karachi was the chief guest of the function. All the leading universities and colleges sent two teams to participate in declamation. They spoke on various topics given by the Jewry, almost […]
  • Analysing DHA Karachi Dominance in Pakistan’s Real Estate Sector

    DHA Today
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    It is beyond question or argument that Defence Housing Authority (DHA) is the most popular real estate enterprise in Pakistan at the moment. Whether it is Lahore, Karachi or even Islamabad, where DHA is in its infancy by comparison, it consistently heads search trends. This is very understandable, seeing as DHA is widely trusted as […]
  • Abida Parveen Live in Concert at The Royal Rodale Club

    DHA Today
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Eventus PR & Productions and Eventxpress brings you the Sufi Queen Abida Parveen Live in Concert, on 11th October at Royal Rodale, DHA Karachi. Call: 021-35856825-28
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    Business-Inspired Technology Solutions - The Aptera Blog

  • Technology Digest: Week ending 10/24/2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Windows 10, Ello, and hoverboards. (Yes, hoverboards.) Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World Championships for Excel power users - Think you're the John Cena of Microsoft's spreadsheet program? Register for the World Championships before 5 p.m. today! Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center -  Three weeks after the first technical preview was released, Microsoft's shipped a new update with more than 7,000 changes.
  • Why Clean Code Is Crucial in Scrum Software Development

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    One of the biggest benefits of using the scrum methodology for custom development projects is that you get a piece of working software at the end of each iteration. The way the process works is that your user stories—which comprise the overall vision of how the application will work in a real business setting—get incorporated into a plan for a series of smaller subprojects called sprints. Before and after each sprint, planning and review meetings determine which user stories are the highest priority, so the project is always tackling the next most important function of the…
  • What's Most Misunderstood about Quality Assurance in Custom Software?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    When most people think of Quality Assurance—or QA to the initiated—they think of a room full of obnoxious overgrown teenagers pounding on their keyboards trying to make software malfunction. Anyone with IT experience knows there’s more to it than that, but many custom software projects run into problems because the relationship between the development team and the QA team is allowed to become too antagonistic. The developers work to make the users' lives easier, then the QA people try to find flaws in their work. While many software vendors take a reductive approach to QA,…
  • What does StorSimple Do?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    We've written a few blogs in the past that discuss what exactly StorSimple is at a high level, but to really get a good understand of everything StorSimple can do, take a look at our most recently video we shot with Jamie Peebles, a Technology Specialist for the Microsoft Hybrid Storage Division.
  • Xim, Microsoft’s New Photo Sharing Service, Now Available Everywhere

    Alex Jonathan Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Earlier this month, Microsoft announced their new mobile file-sharing service Xim. After previously launching on Windows Phone and Android, the app is finally out for iOS this week. The most interesting thing about Xim isn’t the apps – it’s how often you don’t need them.
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • Turning PowerPoint Shapes into Bullet Points – The Life Cycle of a List of Bullet Points

    Taylor Croonquist
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    It sounds crazy, right? You spent all that time turning your dry list of bullet points into something more visual...you're probably thinking: "Why on earth would I want to turn everything back into a list of bullet points?!" Well believe it or not, this is actually an awesome and useful trick to know in PowerPoint!
  • 5 Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Business Presentation

    Clemence Lepers
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you trying to create the perfect presentation? You know, one that successfully grabs your audience’s attention through great content and design? And you don’t have the time to go and read a dozen books on messaging, design and storyboarding? Luckily for you, it’s possible to make effective presentations in less time, and stand above […]
  • How to Create a Continuous List of Numbers across a Table in PowerPoint Using Excel

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Have you ever had a table on your PowerPoint slide and wanted to create a continuous list of numbers across the table cells without each cell starting at the number 1? If you have, then you know it can be extremely PAINFUL! The last thing you want to do (which you are often forced to […]
  • How to Create a Continuous Numbered List across Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Have you ever had a PowerPoint slide with a list on it that you wanted to make start in one shape and end in another, without the number starting over again at 1? For example, maybe you’re building a marketing presentation in PowerPoint, and you have 8 different marketing objectives that you want to split […]
  • How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation

    Nuts & Bolts
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the coolest PowerPoint tricks you can use to help you during a presentation is to have text pop-ups, what is known as “rollover or mouseover text,” appear onscreen when you hover your mouse over an object. This is an especially neat trick when combined with hide and appear animations within your layouts. And […]
 
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    The Outlookers

  • So I got to play with Google Inbox...

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Well first and foremost, i want to say Kuddos to Google for trying to make email better. It is indeed a real problem.  We receive more and more messages but do not really own the tools to master all of them. Coming from Outlook.com (or from Gmail for that matter) Google Inbox has some  nice features. The Snooze option, borrowed from Mailbox, is quite convenient. But in fact that’s pretty it when it comes to novelty.Google Inbox allows you to pin a message just like you were able to flag them or Star them and to mark an email as “done”, just like you could archive it. So…
  • A first look at the new MSN

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    A first look at the new MSN: MSN.com is receiving a huge facelift and you can test it at preview.msn.com We have rebuilt MSN from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The new MSN brings together the world’s best media sources along with data and services to enable users to do more in News, Sports, Money, Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and more. It focuses on the primary digital daily habits in people’s lives and helps them complete tasks across all of their devices. Information and personalized settings are roamed through the cloud to keep users in the know…
  • Dropbox tries to compete with OneDrive's deep integration in smartphones

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Dropbox tries to compete with OneDrive's deep integration in smartphones: Dropbox is trying to compete with OneDrive’s integration in Windows Phone and will be more integrated in Samsung’s  smartphones. Starting at the end of September, if you purchase select new Samsung devices — including the Galaxy Note 4 announced today — you’ll gain access to Dropbox seamlessly through core apps on Samsung devices. But yes, it will still cost A LOT more :)
  • Microsoft start increasing OneDrive's max file size

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    From The Next Web Microsoft has started increasing OneDrive’s file size limit from 2GB to an unknown new maximum. The change was first spotted byReddit usermegaman821and confirmed by multiple replies on the site. We got in touch with Microsoft to confirm the change. “As we mentioned on our uservoice, we have started the work to increase the file size limit for all OneDrive accounts,” a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW. “We have started the process with a small number of customers and will continue to roll it out to our full customer base. We will have more to share on this update in…
  • China was the only country left in which MSN Messenger was still...

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    China was the only country left in which MSN Messenger was still activated. On October 31st those users will need to make their migration to  Skype, just like the rest of the world. Over there, Microsft has removed all filters previously applied on the VoIP software.
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